Monday, August 30, 2010

Acorns Keep Falling on My Head

With the nice weather we’ve been having, my family and I have tried to get some time in on our deck in the backyard. After all, the colder weather will soon be here, when it will no longer be so pleasant to sit outside. Even this morning I took my coffee out and had my devotions on the deck. In fact, right now, as I am writing, I’m sitting on the deck, enjoying the outdoors. It really is a very nice setting.

There is, however, one problem. There is a huge oak tree in the one corner of the yard whose branches hang towards the house. And, this time of the year the oak tree is dropping its acorns – many of them onto our deck. Some of them are even falling perilously close to my head. Especially when the squirrels are running through its branches, I can begin to feel as if I am being bombed by acorns. In order to protect myself, I have to make sure I am sitting far enough under the umbrella so as not to get hit. Every so often I hear an acorn hit the top of the umbrella and roll off onto the deck, missing my head by mere inches. Our deck umbrella has become not just shade from the sun but protection from the acorns that threaten to hit me in the head! (There goes another one!)

Most of us have periods in our lives when it can feel as if acorns are falling all around us, threatening to hit us at any time. We go through times when we need protection from the things that life throws our way. Thankfully, we have a shelter from the acorns of life. That shelter is found in God.

God never promised to remove all the difficulties that life may bring our way. He never said that we would have no troubles. But, he has promised to be our shelter in our times of storm.

Psalm 27:5 – “For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle….” (NIV)

Psalm 91:1-2 – “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’"
(NIV)

Isaiah 25:4 – “You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm….” (NIV)

Today if you feel as if life is throwing acorns at you, go to God. Let him shelter you and protect you. He will keep you safe.

Have a great day!

-Pastor Tim Harris

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Another World

As I write this first of my new series of “pastor’s devotions,” I’m back up in the Adirondack Mountains with my family. I’m currently looking out the window of our cabin at the lake gleaming in the sun. The boats are gently rocking. A duck passes by here and there. Early this morning we watched as an osprey dived into the water to catch a fish. It feels like we’ve traveled to another world.

Yet, even as my family and I enjoy the peacefulness of the lake and the mountains, I know that there is a world beyond these mountains filled with need. People throughout our world are facing natural disasters, war, famine. Many are dealing with the pain of broken relationships, broken promises, broken dreams. Some don’t know how they are going to make it through another day. Unfortunately, for most people around our world, life is not filled with the serenity of these mountains, but with conflict and confusion. Most are longing for another world.

Maybe today you are one of those people who senses that longing. You may be facing some kind of pain in your life. It may be that something has broken in your life. You may be carrying a burden that seems too heavy to bear. I want to remind you that the Bible is filled with promises for those who sense their need for another world.

God has promised us a world far different than the one in which we now live, a world where “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain….” (Rev 21:4 – NIV) Jesus spoke of that other world to his disciples saying, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:1-4 – NIV)

You may not be in the mountains or by a lake. And even if you are, you know as I do that, eventually you have to step back into the real world. Yet, we can find peace and hope knowing that we have a God who loves us and who is right now preparing a place for us in a world beyond this one in which we now live. Our destiny as believers is to live with our Savior forever in another world!

Have a great day!


-Pastor Tim Harris

Monday, August 9, 2010

Welcome

Welcome to my new and first blog space. In a few weeks I will begin writing new pastors devotions through this blog.  Feel free to come back each week to visit and receive a bit of inspiration as I write about my life, the world around us, and what God has to say to us in his Word.

If you would like to receive the devotions directly in your e-mail box, please e-mail me at:
pastorsdevotions@gmail.com

God bless.

-Pastor Tim Harris